Fertility Surgery

Surgery can be the solution to some fertility challenges. Mid Iowa Fertility physicians Dr. Young, Dr. Cooper, and Dr. Place are experienced surgeons who routinely perform minimally invasive laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures, which require less recovery time than traditional “open” surgery. Both Dr. Young and Dr. Cooper are board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

In fact, many Mid Iowa Fertility patients who thought that IVF was their only option for becoming pregnant conceived naturally after undergoing relatively simple, minimally invasive surgical procedures. Surgeries performed include:


Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure to evaluate the pelvic cavity and commonly treat tubal disease and/or endometriosis. The procedure is done at a nearby surgical center under general anesthesia. A scope is placed through a small incision at the belly button. The abdomen is filled with gas allowing the pelvic organs to be seen clearly by the physician. The procedure is an outpatient procedure. Recovery at home within 1-2 days of surgery is typical.


Hysteroscopy is a surgical procedure to evaluate the uterine lining. Most commonly a hysteroscopy is performed to remove uterine polyps or adhesions from previous infection or surgery. The hysteroscopy is done under general anesthesia at a nearby surgery center. A thin-lighted tube is passed through the cervix into the uterus with instruments passed through it to treat anything found. The procedure is an outpatient procedure. Most women are able to return to work the following day.

Surgeries are performed at the Lakeview Surgery Center or West Lakes Surgery Center in West Des Moines. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.

Questions regarding insurance coverage for surgery procedures should be directed to Monica in our office at 515-222-3060, ext. 103, or our toll-free at 888-306-3060. You may also email her at Monica@midiowafertility.com.

To schedule surgery, contact your Mid Iowa Fertility Nurse at our office at 515-222-3060, select option 1.

What Our Patients Are Saying

“We came to Dr. Young after trying to conceive baby two for 1.5 years with no success. We were given the diagnosis of unknown secondary infertility. Over the next year, we did eight IUIs with one miscarriage after IUI two and a diagnostic lap between rounds 3-4. After the unsuccessful IUIs, Dr. Young told us it was time to move on and we chose to do IVF. Our round of IVF only gave us 2 viable embryos that we implanted and they result in our twins Liam and Kella.”

– Jonnie Harron